Nate Wiens joins MNU as Cross Country and Track & Field coach as the programs reboot starting in 2015.
During the 2013-2014 season, University of California, Riversides athletes achieved new heights at the NCAA Division I level on the track in the hurdles, jumps and multi events. Wiens coached eighteen top ten performances, seven school records, three conference champions, four first round NCAA qualifiers and one All-America honoree.
Highlighting the personal performances for the men was Ted Hooper with a school record leap of 2510.25″ (7.88m) in the long jump during the season and went on to be the Big West Champion and was awarded second team All-American honors. At the Big West Championships, Littleton placed second in the Pentathlon (5,045), and first place in the Long Jump (203.25″/6.18m) and first in the 100m Hurdles (13.51). All three performances were school records. Additional athletes that qualified for NCAA first round were Phoenisha Schumeier who set a new personal best in the long jump with an effort of 201.25″ (6.13) and Michael Koger who ran at time of 51.37 in the 400m hurdles. Other noteworthy performances include Tayler Fleming (100m Hurdles/13.97, Tiffany Stone (LJ/187″/TJ-399.75″), Jacquelyn Dubois (TJ-3911.25″) and Mike Harris (TJ-486.75″).
Mike Webb joins the MNU Cross Country and Track & Field coaching staff with 28 years of coaching at the high school level.
As the head Cross Country coach of the Blue Valley West Jaguars he led the team to the State Cross Country meet in 10 of his 11 years, with two State runner up finishes, and one third place finish. While at Blue Valley West he coached 8 individual State champions both in Cross Country and Track, as well as 21 All-State runners. Two of Coach Webbs former runners were 2012 Olympic trials qualifiers in the marathon race. He has been named Coach of the Year five times in his career.
Webb earned a scholarship in Track from Kansas City, Kansas Community College, and then transferred to Southeastern Bible College in Lakeland, Florida to play basketball.
Assistant Coach – Sprints/Hurdles
Jonathan Becker joins MNU Track and Field Staff after one year coaching at Baker University. As the Hurdle and Strength and Conditioning coach at Baker, he coached 3 NAIA National qualifiers as well as 2 first-time qualifiers. Of those qualifiers, one gardnered All-America status in the 60 meter hurdles.
“I am pleased to announce the addition of Jonathan Becker to our coaching staff,” said Coach Nate Wiens. “In a very short time, Jonathan already feels like part of the coaching family here at MNU. He is a coach that can address the form and technical needs of our athletes possessing the ability to connect on a personal level which is vital for our program. Jonathan comes to MNU with a strong willingness to learn and great ideas to bring to our already strong sprints and hurdles staff. Im excited to have him on staff and know we will be stronger this year because of his presence.”
Prior to Coaching at Baker University, Jonathan was a track athlete at Concordia University in Seward, NE. There he was a 17 time All-Conference performer including Conference Champion in the 400m hurdles and the 4×400 meter relay. He was a 7-time NAIA National Qualifier and a 3 time NAIA All-America honoree in the 4×400 meter relay finishing 8th, 5th, and 3rd.